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A third of German doctors would like law on assisted suicide to be changed

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2814 (Published 02 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2814
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    About 40% of German doctors could imagine themselves helping terminally ill patients to commit suicide such as by providing drugs, a survey has shown. The representative survey, published in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel (24 Nov, p 164; www.spiegel.de/politik/debatte/0,1518,592070,00.html), said that 3.3% of the responding doctors had already helped patients with suicide.

    The German Medical Association has questioned the validity of the results and, after a meeting with Protestant and Catholic churches, has confirmed its opposition to any participation of doctors in suicide.

    The Spiegel survey of doctors contains anonymous data from …

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